The world's largest bee - a giant insect roughly the size of a human thumb - has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia in its first sighting in almost 40 years, researchers said yesterday. They typically build their nests in termite dwellings. "By making the bee a world-famous flagship for conservation, we are confident that the species has a brighter future than if we just let it quietly be collected into oblivion". Four times the size of a honeybee, Wallace's giant bee is a sight to behold, and more than deserving of the name Messer gave the species in the 80s: "Raja ofu", the king of bees.
Simon Robson, honorary professor of biology at the University of Sydney and Central Queensland University in Australia, with Wallace's giant bee. When the bee was last rediscovered in 1981, it had been presumed extinct.
"Messer's rediscovery gave us some insight, but we still know next to nothing about this extraordinary insect", Wyman said, echoing the reaction of other experts after the bee was spotted anew. Describing it, he said it was a "large black wasp-like insect, with vast jaws like a stag-beetle". He also said Wallace's giant bees are "relatively solitary", according to the newspaper.
The bee was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1981 by USA entomologist Adam Messer, who found six nests on the island of Bacan and two other nearby islands. The world's largest bee faces potential risks that range from insect collectors to the loss of its habitat from palm oil operations and other activity.
"To see how lovely and big the species is in real life, to hear the sound of its giant wings thrumming as it flew past my head, was just incredible", Bolt said.
The global team of scientists and conservationists located the single female Wallace's giant bee in the Indonesian island group of North Moluccas in January. But that's not the case: Until recently, the last time anyone had reported seeing Wallace's giant bee living in the wild was in 1981.More news: Two brothers say they were paid by Jussie Smollett to stage attack
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Wallace first discovered it in 1858 and described the female bee as "a large, black wasp-like insect, with enormous jaws like a stag beetle".
'My dream is to now use this rediscovery to elevate this bee to a symbol of conservation in this part of Indonesia, and a point of pride for the locals there'.
Since Messer rediscovered the bee, other teams have looked, but have had no luck.
There's not much else known about the giant bees, according to LiveScience.
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"I simply couldn't believe it", Bolt wrote for the Global Wildlife Conservation.